Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Update: Vladovic elected LA Unified School Board president

Richard Vladovic was elected president of the L.A. Unified School Board on Tuesday. Newly-elected member Monica Ratliff was also sworn in.

After six months on job Cal State chancellor gets windfall

New Cal State chancellor Tim White trying to shape up 23-university system. Improved funding has made him popular, but larger decisions will test his leadership.

DOMA/Prop 8: Gay marriage supporters rally in West Hollywood (photos)

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated two Supreme Court rulings issued Wednesday that were seen as major victories for gay rights.

$30 million federal grant to help Hollywood and Pacoima families

An L.A. non-profit kicked off a $30 million federal grant for Hollywood and Pacoima families on Friday. Prenatal, tutoring, arts and financial classes are to be offered during the first year.

LAUSD plans to meet 2016 college-ready requirement

The Los Angeles Unified School District said Thursday it will meet an ambitious college-ready requirement for 2016 graduates so the students qualify for UC schools.

Study: Teacher training programs in California are deficient

A study by the National Council on Teacher Quality labels many teacher education programs in California and nationwide as mediocre and not worth attending.

LAUSD board member wants changes to Parent Trigger law

An L.A. Unified school board member has proposed changes to the state's Parent Trigger law, including school performance information and public meeting requirements.

LA Unified facing first budget increase in years

LA Unified’s board of education will vote on the 2013-14 budget Tuesday - and for the first time in years members will be talking about how to spend, not how to cut.

LA Unified philanthropy helps students and superintendent

The two-year-old L.A. Fund for Public Education has raised nearly $4 million for L.A. Unified. It's two big projects: Breakfast in the Classroom and "Arts Matter"

Important LA public education jobs are changing hands

A game of musical chairs in Los Angeles public schools: the players are not household names, but they can play a big role in shaping policy.

LAUSD offers $17M to settle 40 suits from Miramonte scandal

It is part of nearly 200 suits that accuse former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt of abusing children. There was no immediate word if the offer was taken.

UPDATE: LAUSD board postpones budget discussion to next meeting

L.A. Unified board members spoke Tuesday about how to use funding increases expected from Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student funding overhaul. They made no decisions.

Founder of renowned restaurant Guelaguetza returns to Mexico

After nearly 20 years in the U.S., Fernando Lopez satisfied his yearning for home Sunday when he got on a plane and moved back to Oaxaca.

California rolls out practice computer-based tests

California teachers, parents and the public can try out the new, computerized public school test that's expected to reach California students in two years.

What makes a memorable commencement speech?

The college graduation speech season is in full bloom. But not all of them end up smelling like a rose.